City of Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan said in a statement Monday that he is “troubled” by President Donald Trump’s recent comments regarding the treatment of prisoners by law enforcement.
The Washington Post reported that during a speech to law enforcement on Long Island Friday, Trump gave police officers some advice on how to treat suspects.
“When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?” Trump said, miming the physical motion of an officer shielding a suspect’s head to keep it from bumping against the squad car, The Post reported.
“I am troubled by President Trump’s comment to Suffolk County, New York, law enforcement this past Friday, apparently condoning the roughing up of prisoners in police custody,” Compaan said. “Made in jest or not, any intimation of it being OK to mistreat prisoners is irresponsible at best and is counter to law enforcement’s Oath of Office and Code of Ethics.
“Mistreatment of prisoners is also against the law,” Compaan continued. “Earning the public’s trust and confidence is difficult enough. The President is not being helpful.”